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Historic move, as Somali instruct will conduct Int’l course in Yaounde


Somalia’s First International referee instructor Ali Mohamed AhmedIt is a major and historic move forward as a Somali instructor Ali Mohamed Ahmed will be teaching at refereeing course for Africa’s new FIFA referees to be organized in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde.

A total of 30 new FIFA referees from across Africa including 9 women will take part in the high level refereeing course which will run from 3 to 9 August 2014, according to a list released by the confederation of African Football (CAF).

Two head instructors at the course are: Ali Mohamed Ahmed (Somalia) who was recently promoted to CAF level and Alexander Cotey (Ghana).

This is the first time in history that a Somali instructor has taken such high profile responsibility to teach at international level course, according to Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said

“It is an immense day for Somalia as our instructor Mr. Ali Mohamed Ahmed has been appointed to teach at such course—this is clearly indicating that Somali Football in now on the way to a higher development, because we had never had such chance in the history of Somali Football” Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab said in a press statement.

Mr. Arab noted that in the years to come Somalia will be expecting to have other instructors promoted to CAF and FIFA levels, as Somali Football Federation has been weighting on the buildup of education to increase the quality and quantity of its local instructors, referees and coaches.

“The promotion of Mr. Ali is the result of what we have been doing for the past several years in terms of the enhancement of football education in the country” Said SFF secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab who thanked FIFA and CAF for their constant efforts to help the growth of football in the war-devastated country.

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